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PRESENT STATE OP THB TXHPLE.                                   251

The temple, as we now see It, consists of a uaye 57 feet long, with a choir
of 20 feet square at the west end, and a sanctuary of the same dimensions
beyond. The na¥e has three openings on either side and a square door at the
east end. immediately outside of which the ground has a precipitous droB of
some 9 or 10 feet ; thus the only entrance is from the side. Its total height
would seem to have been only about 22 feet, but Its vaulted roof has entirely
disappeared ; the upper part of the choir tower has also been destroyed. That
snnnuiintincr the sacra^ium is a plain octagoa of curvilinear outline tapering to-
wards the summit. Attached to its south side is a tower-crowned chapel of
similar character, but much more highly enriched, the whole of its exterior sur-
face being covered with sculptured panels; its proportions are also much more
elegant. Over its single door,, which is at the east end, is a Sanskrit inscription^
given first in Bengali and then ia Niigari characters,, which runs as follows : —

Tgr f^ 5I UTrlT

trft ^m

c: Of Guru descent, a compeer of Mahadleva, whose father was Ramchaiidra,
•whose son was RadM Yasant, jewel of good men ; that mass of virtue, by name
Sri Grunanand, dedicated In approved fashion this temple to the son of Nanda
(Nandkishor, t. *., Krishna)."
The above had never been copied before,, and as the letters were raised,
Instead of incised, and also much worn, a transcript was a matter of some little
difficulty. The Brahman in charge of the shrine had certainly never troubled
himself to take one, for he declared the inscription to be absolutely illegible or
at least unintelligible, even if the letters could be deciphered. The information
given is not very perspicuous except; as to the name of the founder, and tiiere
is no indication of a date, bat it would certainly be later than tkat of the main
buildipg (which was the work of Mm Das). The court-yard is entered , after
tbe ascent of a flight of steps, through a massive square gateway with a pyrami-
dal tower, which groups very effectively with the two towers of the temple. As
the buildings are not only in rains, but also from peculiarities of style IB-adapt-
ed to n>odern requirements ? they are seldom, If eTer3 used for religious servicej
which is ordinarily perfonaed in an elegant and substantial edifice erected oa the
other side of the street under the shadow of the older fane* Tke anaswl income